Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action
Cities, such as Dubai, have improved energy efficiency by setting both public and private sector goals. (Photo: lam_chihang/Flickr)
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score — Bill Copeland. Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional ...
Friday Fun: Which Transport Mode Would You Choose? The Sounds of Commuting into Washington, DC
The sounds of a commute majorly impact the user experience. To stay competitive, public transport options should also focus on comfort. (Photo: Barbara Krawcowicz/Flickr)
In December of 2007, I visited Tokyo, one of the largest and densest cities in the world. While I stood at an intersection near the busy Shibuya Station (which serves 2.4 million passengers per day), it struck me that the ...
The UN’s New Urban Agenda Needs to Monitor and Review Cities’ Progress
To be successful, Habitat III needs a rigorous review and monitoring process to track progress and support developing cities. (Photo: John Solaro/Flickr)
In October of 2016, UN Member States will meet in Quito, Ecuador for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III). Taking place 20 years after its predecessor, Habitat III will set the New Urban Agenda, an agreement ...
How Can Cities Avoid Carbon Lock-in?
To avoid carbon lock-in, cities should focus on mobility, energy efficiency measures and congestion. (Photo: js42/ Flickr)
Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is still an unsustainable path and carbon emissions are already expected to surpass thresholds considered acceptable. One of the largest problems is ...
What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
Google recently released Project Sunroof—an interactive online tool that allows building owners to estimate how much money they can save by installing solar panels on their roofs. In short, the tool is a valuable resource for anyone considering solar power ...
TheCityFix Is Looking for a Writing and Editing Intern!
TheCityFix, produced by EMBARQ, is now accepting applications for a full-time writer and blogger in its Washington, DC headquarters. Are you up for the challenge? Photo by Sam Grover/Flickr.
Are you passionate about creating sustainable, thriving cities? Do you have the skills to translate complex, technical material into compelling content for an engaged online community? Do you want to work for a top-tier environment and global development research organization? ...
6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Program Good for People and the Environment
Minha Casa, Minha Vida not only provides affordable housing for Brazil's low-income families, but integrates sustainability in its design. (Photo: GOVBA/Flickr)
Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House, My Life” in English) program was created to provide housing and improve quality of life for low-income families across the country. Currently, more than 9.6 million low- and low-middle income families reside in ...
Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities
To create more livable cities, Turkey must work to address its burgeoning urban populations and energy demand. (Photo: Benoit Colin/ WRI Sustainable Cities)
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey will host the 3rd Livable Cities Symposium on November 19-20,  2015 in Istanbul. The Symposium will gather national and international experts, practitioners and researchers to discuss energy and transportation policies, community engagement, and ...
Friday Fun: Designing Intersections for Cyclists
To improve road safety for cyclists, urban designers are redesigning intersections. (Photo: Benoit Colin/EMBARQ)
Biking alongside traffic can be a stressful experience in many cities. Dedicated bike lanes are the best solution for protecting cyclists—however, many cities struggle to even put in painted lanes—a simple and cost-effective solution. At worst, cyclists have no designated ...
Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Need Cities to Succeed
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York. (Photo: United Nations Photo/ Flickr)
Last September, New York was filled with optimism as heads of state and government officials adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (25-27 September, 2015). Members of the urban development community also met in ...